Top 10 Most Populated States In Nigeria (2024)

What are the top ten most populated states in Nigeria today?

Nigeria is the biggest and most populous country in Africa. It should go without saying that Nigeria is Africa’s giant and of course, home to one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world today, Lagos State.

Of course, it shouldn’t be a surprise if, as expected by population analysts, Nigeria becomes the most populous black nation in the world by 2050.

In this article, we will be reviewing the top ten most populated states in Nigeria to date and of course, reveal their respective population figures. Read on to learn more.

10 Most Populated States in Nigeria

The top ten most populated states in Nigeria arranged in descending order, are shown below:

10. Ogun State

Ogun State is one of the most populated states in Nigeria today. This state is located in the southwest geo-political zone of Nigeria and is home to an estimated number of 5,945,275 individuals.

9. Niger State

Niger State is located in the North Central region of Nigeria and has an estimated population of about 6,220,617 individuals. This state comprises individuals of the Hausa and Fulani ethnic groups. The state is also divided into 25 different local government areas, each headed by a chairman locally.

8. Jigawa State

Jigawa State is a state in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, housing an estimated number of 6,779,080 individuals. The state’s capital is a city called “Dutse”. This state is divided into twenty-seven different local government areas.

7. Rivers State

This is a state in Southern Nigeria and is one of the most beautiful states in Nigeria today. The state’s capital, Port Harcourt, is one of the most visited states in Nigeria and houses quite a number of foreign visitors. This state also has an estimated population of 7,034,973 individuals.

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6. Oyo State

Oyo state is a state in the Southwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria.It is the sixth most populated state in Nigeria. This is the position as per the 2019 census. The state houses an estimated number of 7,512,855 individuals and is divided into 33 different local government areas. Oyo state is also home to the busiest city in Nigeria, Ibadan.

5. Bauchi State

This is a state in Northeast Nigeria. This state has a projected population of 7,540,663. Bauchi State is also divided into twenty different local government areas of Nigeria’s 774.

4. Kaduna State

This is a popular state in Northern Nigeria housing majorly, individuals from the Hausa tribe. This state has a projected population of 8,324,285. Kaduna state shares borders with Kano state and is divided into twenty-three different local government areas.

3. Katsina State

Katsina is located in Northwestern Nigeria and is also one of the most populated states in Nigeria today. The state has a projected population of 9,300,382 and has a total of thirty-four local government areas. Katsina houses mostly individuals from the Hausa tribe too. The capital is Katsina.

2. Lagos State

Lagos state is a state in Southwest Nigeria. The capital of this state is Ikeja. It i one of the most developed states in Nigeria and is home to a projected population of 12,772,884 individuals. Lagos state is divided into twenty local government areas.

1. Kano State

Kano State is also one of the most populated states in Nigeria with a projected population of 14,253,549. Kano state is a state in the Northern part of Nigeria and houses people mainly from the Hausa tribe.

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Conclusion

Thus piece has discussed the top ten most populated states in Nigeria today with Kano topping the list. If you have questions, notwithstanding, please do not hesitate to use the comment section below for that. Thank you for reading!

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